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Book Review | Sea of Kings by Melissa Hope

Genre(s): Fantasy Fiction, Adventure
Age Level: Middle Grade Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Release Date: April 27, 2021
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press

Rating: 5 out of 5.

5 out of 5 stars

Thirteen-year-old Prince Noa has hated the ocean since the day it caused his mother’s death. But staying away from the sea isn’t easy on his tropical island home where he’s stuck trying to keep up with his dim-witted and overconfident younger brother Dagan–the brawn to Noa’s brains. When a vengeful pirate lays siege to their home, Noa and Dagan narrowly escape with their lives. Armed with a stolen ship, a haphazardly assembled crew, and a magical map that makes as much sense as slugs in a salt bath, the brothers set sail for the realm’s other kingdoms in search of help. But navigating the sea proves deadlier than Noa’s worst fears. To free his home, Noa must solve the map’s confusing charts and confront the legendary one-eyed pirate before an evil force spreads across the realm and destroys the very people Noa means to protect.

I really enjoyed this story – it took me on an epic sea adventure from cover to cover! Not only was it an engaging read including pirates, sea monsters, betrayal, fear, and bravery, it also includes a great cast that grows together throughout their journey.

I especially enjoyed the banter between Noa and Dagan throughout their journey. Noa is the smart, grounded one, while Dagan is overconfident and rash. Despite their great differences, it was evident that Noa loves his brother so much and would stop at nothing to protect him and his friends.

Having worked with elementary and middle school-aged students, I know they’ll love this and really relate with the mindsets these characters have. (Especially the very cute mispronounced words that we see once in a while!)

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and am confident that whoever picks up this book will as well. Not only is it a magical adventure across the sea, it also packs in a great message of perseverance, bravery, and loyalty!

* A big thanks to Netgalley and Jolly Fish Press for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest and fair review.

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Sea of Kings comes out tomorrow!

A free launch event hosted by Tombolo books will be held virtually on April 27, 2021 at 6:30 EST featuring Melissa Hope and Megan Freeman. Signed copies of Sea can also be pre-ordered through their site.

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    6 thoughts on “Book Review | Sea of Kings by Melissa Hope

    1. As much as I like YA and Adult reads, MG just has this quality to it that is difficult to replicate. I can’t pinpoint what it is. Maybe the earnestness or this wide-eyed innocence that still exists? I’m excited to know that you’ve rated it 5 stars. It sounds like something my nieces would definitely enjoy!

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    2. This sounds like a truly adorable story! Ever since joining bookstagram – but specifically in the last six months – I’ve wanted to give more middle-grade books a try. Approaching 30 and reading about that age group can be a little challenging for me sometimes… it’s hard enough with YA, honestly… but I know that it would provide a true escape from my own reality and allow me to just enjoy something without the heavy themes in adult novels. I may need to read this one. I’m always down for a high seas adventure!

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      1. I completely understand! An important aspect that determines how enjoyable a story is, is connecting to characters – which can be difficult if the age range is great. You’re right though! Middle grade can be a breath of fresh air and a refreshing get-away from heavy adult themes 🙂 Hope you do pick this one up and enjoy its escape!


    3. Ahh this sounds like such a fun book! You’ve got to love a story that shows the love between siblings and how far they would go for one another. Lovely review – this sounds charming!

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